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The Mythical Liberal Order

A cooperative, law-based international system remains an aspiration, not a reality.

Finding Forster

The antiliberal defenders of civilization—resisting the Ground Zero mosque—are wrong. Liberalism still offers the best hope for combating extremism.

Trading Up

Policymakers can break down regulatory barriers to trade by concerning themselves with consumer, not producer, welfare.

Security First

The Bush Administration’s focus on democracy overlooks the need for security.

End the Crusade

The debacle in Iraq reaffirms the lesson of a thousand years ago: there is no such thing as a good crusade; divine missions are not conducive to sensible policy.

Jigsaw Jihadism

Ethnic terrorist groups like Hamas can be engaged but there is no negotiating with religious terrorists. A strategy for splitting up the Al-Qaeda network.


Is Gridlock a Conservative Victory?

Not moving isn't defeat if you intend to stay put.

Dionne v. The Supreme Court on Obamacare

What a Washington Post opinion piece reveals about how liberals see things when it seems they may not get their way.

The World America Didn't Make

The issue is not that America is losing its grip on the global liberal order. The issue is that there was never a global liberal order to begin with.


Freedom, Democracy, and Religion in Egypt

America's Founding Fathers didn't get it right the first time. Now Egyptians will have their shot.

The (Perpetually) False Promise of International Institutions

It's game, set and match for realism in the latest showdown with the liberals.

Books & Reviews

Institutional Imperialism

John Ikenberry's latest—Liberal Leviathan—offers a relentless mantra on the merits of the global liberal order while painting over the inherent tension between U.S. power and multilateral cooperation.

Punditry at the Drive-Thru

Peter Beinart's books represent the intellectual equivalent of what nutritionists call the empty-calorie principle.

État Terrible

We see ourselves as an insular nation, but other countries know otherwise—and are attempting to undermine U.S. global hegemony.

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April 17, 2014